What to see and do in Cardiff
There's so much to see and do in Cardiff, you'll need a few days at least! But here's some of our suggestions...
Cardiff is actually quite a compact city, so walking is by far the easiest way to see the city. Luckily for our guests, the Lincoln House Hotel in Cardiff is only a 10-15 minute leafy walk away from being smack-bang in the centre amongst most of its attractions.
Daytime City Centre Activities
One of Wales’ leading heritage attractions located within the beautiful Bute Park, just around the corner from our Hotel. Admission costs £12 for adults and £9 for children and includes an audio guide. You can book tickets in advance online at – www.cardiffcastle.com
Millennium Stadium Tour
Rugby fans may choose to explore the features that make the Millennium Stadium one of the most impressive icons of modern Wales. Tours cost £10.50 and can be booked via the Stadium’s website –www.millenniumstadium.com
National Museum Cardiff
Apart from housing the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside Paris – including work by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh – the museum is also a great way to spend a fun-filled couple of hours for families visiting Cardiff. Entry is free – www.museumwales.ac.uk/cardiff/
Take a wonder down the popular Queen Street before popping into the recently developed St David’s centre which houses all most well-known brands in Cardiff. However, those looking for some unique buys may prefer to amble through the historic arcades that extend left and right from St. Mary’s Street. Discover Spillers (the oldest record store in the world), Wally’s Delicatessen with its Viennese‐style coffee house, Hobos vintage clothing, New-York Deli’s famous pastrami bagels or even fine footwear retailer The Brogue Trader.
The Wales Millennium Centre
The stunning WMC, an arts centre which opened in 2009 is located in the large Roald Dhal Plass. The WMC is home to the National Orchestra as well as housing several other opera, dance, theatre and literature companies. The building is created solely from Welsh materials, predominantly slate, metal and glass. Guided tours of the building are available daily, costing £6 – and be sure to check their website to see what’s on when you’re in Cardiff! http://www.wmc.org.uk/
The Norwegian Church
Founded in 1868, the church serves as a reminder of a time when Cardiff was one of the major seaports of the world. The Norwegian church acted as a seaman’s mission for the sailors who transported timber to Wales for use in the coal mines, and transported coal back to Norway. Now it functions as a café and exhibition space. http://www.norwegianchurchcardiff.co.uk/
The Pierhead building
Built in 1897 as the headquarters of the Bute Dock Company, this distinctive terracotta building is now part of the estate of the National Assembly for Wales and with striking charachtersitics, is well worth a visit.
Entry is free to the seat of the National Assembly of Wales, including the chance to observe the Senedd in session, and guided tours are available if pre‐booked.
The bay development was made possible by the creation of the £220 million barrage which creates a sheltered fresh‐water bay. We recommend a brisk walk across the barrage, with its bridges and sluice gates, to Penarth where the Custom House provides a superb eating opportunity.
The Doctor Who Experience
An interactive experience of specially created sets and interactive exhibitions along with the world’s most extensive collection of Doctor Who artefacts. www.doctorwho.tv/events/doctor-who-experience/
City Centre to the Bay
Bus – Links between the city centre and the Bay include 1, 6, 8 and Bay Car. The journey duration is around 15 minutes. See www.cardiffbus.com for timetables and routes or www.traveline‐cymru.info for a journey planner.
Water bus – The Cardiff Boat and Aquabus water bus services are a lovely (though more leisurely) way to travel from Bute Park (just round the corner!) to the Bay. Services run every 30 minutes between 10:30am and 5pm and tickets cost less than £4.
Train – Good rail connections link Cardiff Queen street station and Cardiff Bay. The journey takes less than 5 minutes and costs around £2.
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We can help you with ideas of how to spend your time in Cardiff, just ask one of our staff who will happily chat to you with suggestions, advice, opinions and directions.